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PBS
Jan 27, 2010 5:30pm EST
and money to the taliban not undermine the freedoms won by the afghan people? tommy karzai has been defending himself against accusations ahead of thursday's london conference on afghanistan. britain's prime minister gordon brown answered questions from afghan and british students and defended his deployment of british troops. our world affairs correspondent was there. >> president karzai arrives in london knowing that he has repair work to do on his reputation and that of his government. last year's afghan elections were widely seen as flawed by widespread corruption. at the same time, more western troops than ever were killed or injured in the war against the taliban. was it worth the price, one student asked? >>. is it shoulders have been fighting in afghanistan at nine years, -- british soldiers have been fighting in afghanistan nine years, practically have my life. will it get any better or will my children be asking me the same questions? >> i think the first thing to say it is we had to take action in 2001 after the bombing of new york, the knowledge that al qaeda was operati
PBS
Jan 4, 2010 6:00pm EST
in the afghan parliament was a stinging rebuke to president hamid karzai, rejecting 17 of his 24 cabinet nominees. the prize move caused new disarray. two months after karzai was declared winner of a presidential election plagued by fraud. today karzai ordered parliament to cancel its winter break so it vote on a new list of nominees that he's now preparing. he's under pressure to show progress in governing by january 28 when an international conference on the afghan mission convenes in london. among the rejected nominees was influential word lord khan and the only woman karzai had named. lawmakers criticized many on the list as unqualified political cronies. several holdovers in vital posts were approved. among them the defense minister and the minister of interior. along with the ministers of finance, education, and agriculture. i spoke to afghan ambassador today and asked him how big a setback this was to karzai. >> it may be a temporary setback for the president but it's a step forward for the democracy in afghanistan. it's really happy for the parliament of afghanistan to do their j
PBS
Jan 29, 2010 5:30pm EST
with on for hours. this came a day after president hamid karzai tuck -- calls for talks with the taliban in london. talking to the insurgents is an idea that is not gaining ground as a way to end a conflict here. president karzai's election opponent has announced his support. >> i do believe we should reach out to the people we are fighting against in these provinces. we should reach out to them like brothers. we will see if there are people who will speak to us. they only want to bring the state down. they do not believe in the process. >> behind-the-scenes, it appears the contact is being made. a western official told the bbc that the un special envoy was seeking talks with the representative from the taliban leadership. we could not confirm whether discussions had taken place. all the afghan government has been publicly reaching out to the taliban, it is not clear what the movement will do. it seems unlikely taliban leadership will engage in talks any time soon. instead, continuing to lead an insurgency which is growing in strength year by year. bbc news, kabul. >> russia has carried out the fi
PBS
Jan 18, 2010 6:00pm EST
. the fighting raged citywide for nearly five hours. today's grizzly attacks came just as afghan president karzai was swearing in members of his new cabinet. ambassador richard holbrook, u.s. special envoy to the region who just left kabul hours earlier told reporters in india that he wasn't surprised. >> they're ruthless. the people who are doing this certainly will not survive the attack nor will they succeed. but we can expect this sort of thing on a regular basis. >> warner: the taliban claims responsibility for today's attacks telling the associated press they had sent 20 militants to do the job. it was the militants' answer to karzai's recently renewed offer of reconciliation with the taliban said the u.s. institute of peace. >> the taliban spokesperson said today in claiming responsibility for the attack that they were trying to undermine or disrupt the notion that the taliban could be bought off, that they could be lured off the battlefield and instead to demonstrate that they are united and they are committed to their cause. they sent these suicide bomber into the heart of kabul. >> warn
PBS
Jan 29, 2010 12:30pm EST
've just actually just straight from a meeting with president karzai of afghanistan who here in london for this conference. and i think it's important that the government of afghanistan does more to demonstrate that it's toughing out corruption. that it's embarking on property government and proper reform. but i think we should be clear, you know, we're not in afghanistan. to back up one particular government or one particular individual. and i don't think we're in afghanistan, frankly, to produce the perfect jeffersonian democracy. we're there because we do nt want ala and the taliban to have control of that country again. and we should have a pretty hard-headed view that what we are in this for is some basic level of stability and security so that country doesn't threaten our own security back at home any more. >> do you believe -- >> and in that case we did:bring our troops home. >> rose: do you believe that can be achieved in the next two years because the president said et cetera's going to begin to think about bringing american troops back after 18 months. >> my view is, obviousl
PBS
Jan 18, 2010 5:30pm EST
for about 2.5 hours. not far away, president karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. this is a man who has to try to persuade the world that he is winning the war against the taliban. the special envoy to president obama also dismissed the attack as futile and doomed. tonight, the streets of kabul are quiet, won back. but four hours today, they were -- for hours today, others had them. >> the verdict on president obama's first year. first, though, he was once the most popular politician in the ukraine, but it seems clear that the onetime hero of the orange revolution has lost his voter appeal. five years after he ushered in what looked like a new political era in ukraine, he has been precisely defeated in the election. the former prime ministers will be battling it out in an election runoff. we have this report. >> long before all of the ballots were counted, the results were clear. voters had overwhelmingly rejected the man who was at beheaded of demonstrations in 2004. -- who was at the head of demonstrations in 2004. the main beneficiary of his plummeting populari
PBS
Jan 25, 2010 6:00pm EST
with taliban fighters. president hamid karzai said he wants to let militants lay down their weapons and go home, so long as they are not affiliated with al qaeda. karzai spoke in istanbul, turkey, three days before an international conference on afghanistan in london. he said gathering international support was key. >> in the past, this effort by the afghan government did not have the backing or the support of our international partners. this current effort, this renewed effort, i should say, has the backing of our partners, in particular the united states and europe. >> sreenivasan: at the same time, the nato commander in afghanistan said he hopes an influx of troops will force taliban leaders to accept peace. general stanley mcchrystal suggested former taliban could even join the government. he said, "i think any afghans can play a role if they focus on the future, and not the past." also today, nato officials announced two more soldiers-- one british, one norwegian-- have been killed in bombings in afghanistan. the u.s. military will speed up a review of more than 4,300 iraq and afghanistan
PBS
Jan 5, 2010 12:30pm EST
recently. >> rose: do you have great confidence in the karzai government that they will be a partner this snefrt i think we cannot look only toll the national government of afghanistan. this is a young government. they've got deep systemic flaws they are burdened with corruption but it is a struggling democracy. but we need to look beyond that at a village level. this is all about politics and as the late tip o'neill said, all politics is local. it's certainly case in counterterrorism, counterinsurgency. and i think that's the way we must approach it. it's not just capital to capital nation to nation. this is a fight about the people and for the people. >> rose: turn your attention to al qaeda and how they see the world. and where do they get their momentum and where do they get their strength and where do they get their opportunity. >> there are many theories and my guess-- and that's all it is sds that it may well be about globalization and the growth of free market societies, the growth of liberal institutions around the world. and if you look at in in those terms, we've made rema
PBS
Jan 19, 2010 6:00pm EST
the country safe and eliminate the terrorists. >> sreenivasan: in response, afghan president hamid karzai ordered a review of security, but he also praised afghan troops for preventing an even larger disaster. there was word today the f.b.i. illegally collected some 2,000 u.s. telephone records during the bush administration. "the washington post" reported it took place between 2002 and 2006. it said the f.b.i. sometimes invoked emergencies that did not exist. the agency said again today the practice involved records of incoming and outgoing calls, and not their actual content. the u.s. supreme court has refused to close two shipping locks near chicago to keep asian carp out of the great lakes. the state of michigan asked for an injunction. it warned the carp will wipe out native fish if they reach the lakes from the mississippi river watershed. illinois and the federal government warned an injunction would damage the shipping business. the u.s. army corps of engineers is considering long-term action, and the case may yet return to the high court. the los angeles city council gave initial
PBS
Jan 27, 2010 6:00pm EST
with afghan president hamid karzai, on the eve of an international conference on afghanistan in london. in afghanistan, 11 suspected taliban militants were killed in an air and ground strike by nato and afghan forces. former honduran president manuel zelaya went back into exile today-- this time, in the dominican republic. the leftist leader was ousted in a coup last june, but he returned to honduras in september and holed up in the brazilian embassy. his departure today came hours after the new honduran president -- porfirio lobo-- was sworn into office. authorities in peru today worked to rescue hundreds of tourists stranded at machu picchu. the ruins of the incan citadel are world renowned. at least five people have been killed after five days of heavy rain triggered mudslides and widespread flooding across the area, in the andes mountains. . in all, some 2000 people were trapped, including 400 americans. u.s. officials deployed helicopters to help with evacuations. those are some of the day's main stories. i'll be back at the end of the program with a preview of what you'll find t
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